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The Lawfare Podcast: Saria Samakie on Surviving Syria

Saria Samakie has a story unlike those of most of his peers at Georgetown. After being kidnapped three times in Syria, Samakie managed to flee the war-ravaged country and eventually arrived in the United States. Arne Duncan, a Brookings nonresident senior fellow and former secretary of education, recently interviewed Samakie to describe growing up in Syria, the harrowing experience of being a teenager under Assad’s regime, and what he envisions for his future—and his country’s. 

 

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York brought five federal terrorism charges against Akayed Ullah, the suspect in Monday’s attempted suicide bombing in New York. The charges are one count of providing material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, one count of the use of a weapon of mass destruction, one count of bombing a place of public use, one count of destruction of property by means of fire or explosive, and one count of use of a destructive device during and in the furtherance of a violent crime.

Detention: Non-Guantanamo Habeas Litigation

ACLU v. Mattis and the Citizen Enemy Combatant in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld

If ACLU v. Mattis eventually reaches the underlying merits, the court will need to wrestle with the historical backdrop that informed ratification of the Suspension Clause and its operation through much of American history along with difficult questions going to the extraterritorial application of the United States Constitution.

 

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